Babich ‘Irongate’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-Oct-2011
Named after the ‘Irongate' aquifer running under the vineyards on the old shingle bed of the Ngaruroro river. WBP and wild yeast fermented to 14.1% alc. and aged 9 months in 20% new French oak barriques with lees stirring. Bright light lemon-hued golden-straw colour with a pale edge. The bouquet is full with complex amalgam of aromas of ripe stonefruits, grapefruit and mealy, nutty oak, with hints of butter, toast and flint. This combines power and richness with a surprisingly stylish restraint and elegance. The flavours of ripe grapefruit, mealy, nutty, toasty oak are mouthfilling and creamy barrel-ferment and buttery elements provide a dense, weighty presence and rich texture. The palate finishes with excellent length and nutty, spicy oak flavours. A rich, full and sophisticated wine with a degree of class. Serve with pork and veal over the next 4-5+ years. 18.5+/20 Oct 2011 RRP $35.00

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